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True Federalism: Adegboruwa Tackles Tinubu, Says President Yet To Show Pedigree

A Lagos-based rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has insisted that President Bola Tinubu is yet to show his pedigree as to what he is known for while in the opposition party.

The SAN made the declaration at the 15th National Association of Judiciary Correspondents (NAJUC) Annual Lecture 2024, held at the Muson Centre in Lagos.

According to the human rights activist, “We remembered he (Tinubu) was an advocate of true federalism and resources control,” just as he challenged the media to keep on with the fight for justice. “Nigerians are suffering and things are tough,” he added.

Earlier in his lecture captioned, ‘Navigating the Delicate Balance Between Politics, Law, Media Pressure and Public Perception; The Burden of a Nigerian Technocrat in Public Office’, a former Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Dr Muiz Banire (SAN), tasked technocrats in the public service to persistently interact with the legal community if they are to survive the muddy waters of politics in the country.

While listing what he termed the several factors that constitute a burden on technocrats in public offices, and inhibit their performances, the former AMCON boss posited that technocrats must be conscious of the environmental and legal restrictions that limit their ability while in office.

Dr Banire (SAN) listed the factors to include due process, red-tapism, administrative bottleneck, cultural and religious considerations, public perception, legislative interference and media pressure. The senior lawyer who is also a former Commissioner of Environment and Transport in Lagos State insisted that the listed factors place a great burden on technocrats in public office in Nigeria.

According to the SAN, “ln-house technocrats are now in more precarious situations. They are not only demoralised by the insecurity of tenure; terminal growth for them is becoming an illusion. They therefore hardly have much to look up to again. Worse still is their remuneration package that has pushed them into penury.

“Politicians treat them as dregs, affording them no serious recognition. Consequently, not the best in recent times is derivable from the in-house technocrats, who now have joined the bandwagons of politicians to scoop whatever they can access while in office.

This is the country’s story”. In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, George Etomi, maintained that for democracy to thrive, the country needs a strong and vibrant media and judiciary. Looking at Nigeria, Etomi posited that the level of patriotism is very low, adding that “hardly can you see an American/ European running down their countries in the social media, while the contrary is the case in Nigeria”.

The media, politics and judiciary, according to Etomi, are interwoven in the building of a strong democracy. At the event, Adegboruwa was honoured with an Award of Excellence for his outstanding contributions and dedication to legal practice, media freedom, and human rights enforcement in Nigeria.

Two journalists, Joseph Jibueze of The Nation Newspaper and Joseph Onyekwere of The Guardian Newspaper, who have since become editors in their respective organisations, were also honoured for their contributions to the media profession and the association.

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